The accused, their companies and their ties

2010-10-21 00:00

WHO are the accused?

Accused Number 1 – Sipho Shabalala

He is a Pietermaritzburg businessman who also works for the KwaZulu-Natal government’s Ithala Bank as its group chief executive officer. At the time of the commission of the alleged offences, he was still employed as the head of KZN Treasury. He grew up in Willowfountain and is known to be close to KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize who also grew up there.

Accused Number 2 — Gaston Savoi

He is an Uruguayan national who has been living in SA since 2001. He stays in Steenberg in Cape Town with his Brazilian-born wife Gilda Helena Brant de Carvalho Gaston. He is a director and the chairperson of companies in the Intaka Group, which is accused number three.

Accused Number 4 – Dr Busisiwe Nyembezi

Nyembezi is a former head of KZN Health Department, who left after a clash with the then KZN MEC for Health, Peggy Nkonyeni, in 2007. While she was still the head of the department there were complaints that her company was benefitting from tenders approved by the department.

A ccused Number 5 – Beatrice Ntombenhle Shabalala

“Ntombi”, as she is known, is married to Sipho Shabalala, and with Savoi is a director of a company called Skyros Medical Suppliers (Pty) Ltd. She is also a 50% shareholder with her husband in Blue Serenity Investment (Pty) Ltd, which is accused number nine.

Accused Number 6 – Advocate Sandile Khuboni

Khuboni is a Durban-based attorney who is a director of Khuboni and Shezi Attorneys and Conveyancers. He owns a house in the leafy Durban suburb of Umhlanga Ridge. He was an administrator of Salamax 1608 (Pty) Ltd on behalf of the Shabalalas.

Accused Number 7 – Henyi Lindelihle Mkhwanazi

Mkhwanazi is the sole shareholder of Rowmoor Investments 738 (Pty) Ltd, which is accused number 10. He is a businessman based in Clermont near Pine­town. At some stage Mkhwanazi was reportedly romantically involved with Nkonyeni and they were co-accused in a case that was subsequently withdrawn against them before last year’s elections. According to the draft charge sheet, his company is accused of unlawfully claiming for the marketing of water purification units at Rietvlei and Appelsbosch hospitals.

Accused Number 8 – Yoliswa Lulama Mbhele

Mbhele acted as the head of the KZN Department of Health after Nyembezi left in 2007, the year that some of the transactions being investigated took place. Nothing much is known about her before she was appointed to the acting position.

Note: Accused numbers 3, 9 and 10 are companies owned by some of the accused in this case.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.